If you are searching for some ideas of how to keep the kids active and engaged this summer in Baltimore, here are some places to look:
Baltimore City’s Super Summer site is a collaboration between the City, Baltimore City Public Schools and several non-profits. Check out the site for information on summer learning academies, camps, the Pratt Library’s summer reading program and more. If you’d like to find something close to where you live or work, you can use the interactive map tool to choose among the many locations for the summer academies which offer everything from language classes to STEM workshops to reading enrichment.
The Department of Recreation and Park’s 2012 Summer Guide is chockfull of activities. Inside the guide,
Waterfront Kids from the Waterfront Partnership offers free kids activities Tuesday through Saturday mornings at West Shore Park all summer long. Visit the website for the schedule of events.
The Book Thing is a great place to stock up on books for your next trip. The Book Thing, open on weekends only, is a completely free book “store”. You simply take what you want. There is a small children’s section, and shelves and shelves of books of all different genres. Want to brush up on a foreign language before your next trip? There’s even a section with non-English books. The best thing is that unlike borrowing from the library, you do not have to be too upset about if one of your free books gets lost or left behind on vacation.
Aside from the summer reading program I already mentioned and their year-round quality programming, the Pratt library offers a variety of other fun resources that are perfect for the summer:
- Planning a road trip with the kids? Check out the books on CD to keep the kids entertained in the car.
- Heading to the beach? Keep your beach bag light by checking out digital books from the library. You can download e-books (including children’s books) to your device or check out an e-reader from the library.
- Need something for a rainy day? Utilize the library’s interlibrary system to borrow toys from across Maryland. Several libraries lend toys from parachutes to puzzles. It’s a nice way to refresh your toy pile. We’ve even borrowed toys as easy, inexpensive entertainment for birthday parties. While you are checking out the interlibrary system, make note of the children's portable video players (playaways) and baby booster book kits (themed backpack filled with books and activities)- more great resources to fill the summer days.